WPCS 2.1.3
WPCS 2.1.3

Nkwali Camp

“A small intimate and authentic camp”

Budget level: Mid-Range
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Camp Permanent
Luangwa Valley
Kids Min Age

Nkwali Camp is located on private land, in the central Mfuwe area, overlooking South Luangwa National Park. If you’re looking for understated elegance, seclusion and superb service, then you’ll find all that and more at Nkwali.

Nkwali is a small intimate and authentic camp and is the ideal start off point to any safari with a few more creature comforts than the bush camps to help ease people into the African way of life.

Nkwali is located on the banks of the Luangwa on a magnificent meander in the river overlooking the National Park where leopards roam along the bank and can often be spotted from camp. Situated on private land outside the park, there is a private game viewing area behind camp as well as exclusive access into the park either by boat or across the pontoon.

The six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs offer a rustic luxury opening up to magnificent views of the river as well as open air en-suite bathrooms. Nkwali offers understated elegance, seclusion and superb service.

Nkwali is dominated by an enormous ebony tree around which the bar is moulded. It is this tree which, when Robin and Jo Pope found it cemented the location of the camp. From the bar deck cantilevered over the river a cool drink can be enjoyed whilst watching the sun set over the Luangwa.

The six chalets are spacious and during the day are fully open to wonderful river views, in the evenings the Constantia grill doors are pulled together to close the open room fronts. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious with double sinks and showers from which you can enjoy the enormous African skies.

Set back from the river on a lagoon are the dining room and swimming pool from which guests are often treated to elephants and other game coming down to drink during the day unperturbed by our presence.

Activities include: Walking safaris, game drives (day and night), cultural/village tour, visit to Chimpembele, visit local market and Tribal Textiles,

Seasonal Boating – A special treat indeed for guests in the Emerald Season (From end December/January to around April) Explore the lagoons for enhanced game viewing and birding.

Why we like it

  • One of the few camps open all year round.
  • Combines brilliantly with sister camps.
  • Seasonal boating along the Luangwa.
  • Great base for photographic safaris.

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